Year : 2012
Poverty remains one of the developmental challenges facing Nigeria. There has been an ongoing debate about the mechanism that should be at the centre of any sustainable poverty reducing strategy. The Federal Government has been using the annual budget as an intervention mechanism. In this regard, pro-poor budgeting has attained prominence in recent times, especially since 2000. The study utilizes secondary data from the Central Bank of Nigeria and other prominent sources to argue that government's commitment to fight poverty is crucial through allocation of resources to agriculture, education, health and lands and housing. It is argued that government needs to address the failures of past and present pro-poor programmes. The conclusion from the study is that the pro-poor growth is worthwhile and should be sustained as in other countries to meet international standards. This will help to alleviate poverty and bring health care delivery services, education for all, access to land and affordable housing services as well as food to Nigerians.